Storage boxes & stands
A collection of stackable storage boxes ideal for shoes and other accessories made from coated cardboard with leather handles. Their design is inspired by the glamour of the Grand Tour and art deco aesthetics. The boxes can be bought separately or as sets, complete with stands in a variety of finishes, including solid walnut and leather.
“Being a seriously fanatical storage addict, in that I like things boxed, labelled and tidy, Sagitine’s smart boxes really appeal to me as a stylish way to organise one’s wardrobe.”Barbara Hermon Design consultant
The desire to keep her treasured collection of shoes and clothes for her two daughters led Tina Clark to re-imagine the classic travel trunk into a chic, practical storage solution.
You were working in a very different field before you launched Sagitine.
I was an equity trader for more than 20 years, mainly in New York and Hong Kong. My time as a trader was really amazing – travelling the world seeing clients, working on dynamic, crazy trading floors and tripping the light fantastic on our corporate cards. I absolutely loved it, but always dreamed of one day working in a more creative environment. In hindsight, the switch to Sagitine was probably a bit crazy, given I had no experience in manufacturing, wholesaling, importing, etc. However, it has been such a fantastic learning curve.
What drove you to make the transition? How did you come up with the idea?
I had breast cancer at the age of 36 and had a year off for treatment. I did go back to trading for a few more years after that but my heart wasn’t really in it anymore. Plus, by then I had two beautiful daughters and I wanted to be around to watch them grow up. It was because of my girls that I wanted to store some of my gorgeous dresses for them. I searched the world for two years for glamorous, yet practical, storage and there was absolutely nothing out there. So I decided to make some. A great friend of mine in London came up with the name – it’s a combination of my daughters’ names, Sabine and Gisele, and mine.
Why cardboard? What characteristics attracted you to using it as a raw material?
The initial concept was always about taking the basic storage box and making it look fabulous. The curves, the leather handles – they all came from a love of vintage trunks and art deco design. Cardboard is extremely durable and has stood the test of time – my first sample boxes are still doing well four years on. The first product I brought out was the Miami box for general storage; the stands came later.
Describe your production process.
I work closely with the fantastic team at the Sydney-based industrial design house Vert Design, who take care of the technical side of things. Andrew Simpson’s (of Vert Design) support has been invaluable. We then send the designs to our manufacturers in Asia for production. There are usually one or two samples prior to production, although these days our suppliers are so good that I don’t need the samples as much. Initially, it took a year of sampling to get the quality I desired. Happily, we eventually found high-quality manufacturers and the whole process has become much easier.
Do you also design the cabinetry for the stands? What materials do you use?
Vert Design came up with the slight lip on the cabinetry and it has worked wonderfully well. We use solid walnut for the original range and upholstered leather for the Luxe stands.
Is there any product you’d like the chance to improve upon or reimagine?
Suitcases are very light, durable and practical these days and, of course you can buy those great little packets to put your clothes in. However, I always think there must be a better way. Perhaps built-in compartments? I would like a neater, more organised experience. Now I think about it, I guess I’m describing Louis Vuitton trunks – but perhaps we need one that everyone can afford!read less